Finally, we got our hands on a car that weighs under a ton. Now we only need to double the engine’s output and mount it behind the front seats...
We have to tell you that we’re disturbed by the way in which history turned this four-wheeled things we called automobiles into structures that seem to be made of stone. Yes, we know that the weight comes due to safety and interior space reasons, but we just can’t help by being annoyed by this.
Anyway, back to the Twingo. The vehicle’s sub-tonic mass can really be felt inside the city, offering the car surprising agility. We didn’t have our testing facility with us, so the way in which this translated into autoevolution language was “fun to drive”. However, if you want to be decent from the dynamic point of view (this is the best you’ll get out of this powerplant), you’ll have to push the 1.2-liter engine hard, shifting gears over 5,000 rpm, which could make you look like a mad man to your passengers.
The generous glass area makes a great couple with the slim pillars. Actually, the two have a child, who is called “good all-round visibility”. This allows you to take advantage of the car’s willingness to change direction.
The electrically-assisted rack and pinion steering is ready to take the car anywhere you like, unlike the suspension, which might beg to differ through its comfort-orientated setup. Fortunately, the vehicle’s lightness means that you can abuse the steering wheel without being punished. In fact, this is what we expected from the car. After all, its name is a linguistic cocktail that uses the “Twist”, “Swing” and “Tango” ingredients.
Inside the city, the suspension offers a good compromise between pothole protection and lateral G assistance, so your experience won’t be ruined when you come across road flaws. The seats offer no lateral support whatsoever, but they’re large and cozy enough to make you feel comfortable.
Parking is obviously dealt effortlessly, so this car manages to keep the smile on your face at all times. This is also partially true for when it’s time to hit the gas station. During the urban time of our test, we witnessed a fuel consumption of around 8.5 liters per 100 km (27.5 US mpg).Continue reading
Hold on, Lou Cheeka would like to say something...
I totally agree with Maybach and Mary here. You’ve chosen the wrong Twingo. Don’t you know that Renault also offers dCi engines on this little ting? There’s even an 85 hp one, which has 271 Nm of torque. Imagine that, 271 Nm of torque on 950 kg! Why would you want to drive this underpowered gas sipper instead?
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